16 Days Kanchenjunga North Base camp Trek

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destination Kanchenjunga
duration 16 Days
grade High Advance
start/end point Kathmandu/Kathmandu
region Kanchenjunga
max altitude 5143m
group size 2-12
meal All inclusive
activity 5-6 Hrs
accommodation Tea House
season Autumn/spring

16 Days Kanchenjunga North Base camp Trek

16 Days Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek is a highly adventurous trek that takes you through rugged mountainous terrain on earth to the foot of Kanchenjunga.

16 Days Kanchenjunga North Base Camp trek offers perspectives on hair-raising snow-topped mountain tops in addition to a scene of subtropical marshes, rhododendron, and high woodlands and terrific ice sheets. Being a strenuous trek it is suggested it ought to be attempted with those with some trekking experience and a decent degree of wellness. The north face base camp itself is arranged at Pangpema (5,143m) which is come to by a high track following the moraine of the Kanchenjunga Glacier. Situated over the icy mass, the base camp offers shocking perspectives on the north substance of Kanchenjunga and Yalung Kang, at times known as Kanchenjunga West (8,505m). An additional day is spent here to recapture stamina for the arrival excursion and take in the sublime perspectives on Mount Kanchenjunga, Janu Himal, and other Himalayan pinnacles. 

It is fascinating to take note that Mount Kanchenjunga is the third most elevated mountain on the planet at 8,586m, and until 1849 it was thought it was the most noteworthy, however, it presently lies simply behind Mount Everest (8,848m) and K2 (8,611m). Secured by the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area, and the Sacred Himalayan Landscape activity of the World Wild Life Fund (WWF), there is a bounteous assortment of natural life including the subtle snow panther, the Asian mountain bear, and red panda, to name only a portion of the more uncommon well-evolved creatures. Winged animal darlings may find the opportunity to see the brilliant breasted fulvetta, snow cockerel, and blood fowl among others. Arranged in the far eastern corner of Nepal, and flanking Sikkim in India, and Tibet, the Tibetan Buddhist towns, cloisters, and supplication banners add genuine flavor to the trek.

Key Features of Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek 

  • On this trek, you stroll past the snow-capped glades and high-height wetlands in the most extraordinary surrounding. Kanchenjunga North Base Camp Trek 1 
  • You will get the opportunity to invest enough energy in the trek course before you arrive at the base of the third most elevated top on the planet, Kanchenjunga (8586 meters). 
  • You can click astonishing photos of an assortment of verdure inside the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area. 
  • You will invest energy with the Rai, Sherpa, and Tamang individuals of the locale who have an immediate impact of the Tibetan ways of life. 
  • You feel paradise on strolling to the oceans of ice and icy masses on the lap of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

ITINERARY

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We take a morning flight (45 minutes long) to Bhadrapur and then drive to Ilam. Ilam is famous as Nepal’s largest tea plantation area. From Ilam, we drive for hours to reach Taplejung where we spend our second night.
From Taplejung onward, we trek along the lush green mid-hills of Nepal along rivers and steep ridges. We pass through traditional villages with mud houses, paddy fields, fruit trees, and terraced farms. We walk down to Tamur River and follow it upstream through some remote villages. After a while, we reach the Tamang village of Sinuwa where we stay overnight.
After the village, the valley narrows and we pass through landslide debris and boulders. Then we descend to Thiwakhola and cross it over a wooden bridge. After a few up and down trails, we reach the Chiruwa market. From there, we will again follow Tamur River to finally get to Taplethok.
On this day, after climbing a spur we descend to SimbuaKhola. We cross the bridge over the river formed by the Yalung glacier. After another ridge, we reach GhunsaKhola Valley. Once we reach the confluence of Tamur and GhunsaKhola, we walk for a while and set up camp beside the river.
From Sakathum, we trek northeast along the banks of GhunsaKhola. We gain altitude as we move towards Kanchenjunga Base camp. The trek passes through exposed terrain with steep, uphill climb to Amjilosa. It is a Tibetan village where we stay overnight.
We will pass through rhododendron and bamboo forests. After an ascent, we will come across a big waterfall on the side of the river which points to our destination Gyable, one of the best places with gorgeous views of the surrounding.
From Gyable, the trail crosses a large meadow, a village, and a hill. Then, we descend and cross a river to reach the village of Gunsa. Gunsa is a large Tibetan village with wooden houses, a school, a health post, and a micro hydropower plant. It also has Kanchenjunga Conservation Area and few Gompas where people share their travel stories. We stay in the largest and last village of the valley.
For the acclimatization, we hike to the other side of the river to gain about 400m elevation. It takes about 4 hours for the roundtrip. Rest of the day we explore the picturesque Tibetan village and get acquainted with its people.
From Ghunsa, we move through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests, along the south bank of GhunsaKhola, with many chortens and Mani walls. After crossing various slopes and glacial moraines, we finally reach Khambachen. It is a small Tibetan settlement with around a dozen houses surrounded by mountains. We stay here overnight.
Once we reach the source of GhunsaKhola, we will stay to the north of Kanchenjunga glacier. We will hike along a plateau past Lhonak glacier to reach Lhonak. Despite the cold and high elevation, the breathtaking views of Wedge peak, Mera peak, Nepal peak, and Twins will mesmerize us. We will spend the night in Lhonak.
Leaving Lhonak, we will go east following the same glacier on the northern ridges to reach KBC. It is also called Pang Pema, with beautiful mountain views. We will head back to Lhonak to spend the night in lower elevation.
We will retrace our steps back to Ghunsa, where we will spend the night.
Descending from Ghunsa, an hour of walk from there takes you to a village named Phale. We can witness many Monasteries along with Juniper forest till we reach Phale. Initially, we pass through the grassy hillsides where Amjilosa is perched. Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
After a short climb, we begin the steep descent that will take most of the day. On our start of trekking, a cascade of water falling from a height can be observed, we then reach the joining of the Tamur and Ghunsa Kholas. Marching forward, we finally reach to Sakathum. after sakhathum we will take a jeep and drive to Taplejung Overnight at a Guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Traversing in an out of minor valleys, we pass through a succession of picturesque villages on our way to Bhadrapur. About 9-10 hours of long jeep drive takes you to Bhadrapur, to take flight next day. Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.
On the 45-minute Scenic flight, for the last time, you can enjoy a glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited. Our officer will come to receive you and transfers you to the hotel. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

SERVICES

Cost Includes:

  • Airport pick up and drop by private car.
  • One night Bhadarpur hotel with breakfast
  • All tea house accommodation during the trek
  • Fresh fruit every evening after dinner.
  • Special Trekking permits, Conservation permits, and other required paper documents.
  • Bus or public shared jeep transport Birtomood - Suketar and again the same way back to Britamood after the trek.
  • Round trip flight fare Kathmandu-Bhadrapur-Kathmandu) with airport tax and pick up and drop.
  • A highly experienced, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • Strong, helpful porters with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company.
  • Free rental of Sleeping bags, Down Jacket, Duffel bag and Walking Poles
  • Sherpa Expedition and Trekking branded t-shirt.
  • Guided city tour as per the above itinerary with private vehicles.
  • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • Assistant guide group size above 4+ people.

Cost Excludes:

  • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Nepal entry visa fee (easily issued upon your arrival at International Airport with 2 passport size photos and $40 dollar for a 30-day visa)
  • Your Travel Mountain Rescue Insurance
  • International airfare.
  • Your personal expenses.
  • Drinks (except water refills and tea/coffee during breakfast) and desserts, snacks
  • Hot shower, battery charging and use of wifi on the tea houses.
  • Tips for guide and driver (tipping is expected).
  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour entrance fee.

EQUIPMENTS

General

  • Seasonable Sleeping bag and down Jacket (If you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffle bag (We will provide duffle bag during the trek Sherpa Expedition & Trekking need to be returned after the trek)
  • A wind and waterproof thin layered jacket (Must have for morning and evening above 3,000m)
  • Daypack

Upper Body- Head / Ears / Eyes

  • A pair of half gloves
  • The warmer hat that covers the ears
  • Sunglasses 
  • Neck warmer
  • Sunscreen (35 to 60 SPF)
  • Headlamp and an extra set of batteries

Hand

  • A pair of half gloves for walking poles(if you prefer)
  • Warmer shell gloves and liner

Center Body

  • long sleeve t-shirts
  • Thermal Tops
  • wool Jackets or pullover
  • Artificial sports bras for (Women and girls)
  • Water and windproof shell jacket 

Lower Body 

  • Thermal underwear (especially trousers)
  • windproof and waterproof trousers
  • warmer trouser
  • Comfortable trekking pants
  • Extra casual sport pants

Feet

  • A pair of good waterproof trekking boots
  • Pair of sandals
  • 4-5 pairs of woolen socks
  • Socks liner
  • Light shoes and sneaker

First Aid Kits and Medicines

  • Assorted Adhesive Bandages (fabric preferred)
  • Blister treatment
  • Insect testing / anti-itch treatment
  • Ibuprofen / other pain-relief medication
  • Diamox (125mg to 250mg tablets for altitude sickness)
  • Warps, splints, and wound coverings butterfly bandage
  • Water purifying pills

(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend better to  bring your personal first-aid kit as well)

Miscellaneous, but must useable

  • 4 pic passport sizes with original passport
  • Water bottle & filter
  • Flight details (please make a copy and leave one pic at our office in KTM because of if you won to change your flight date)
  • Bathroom kit (conform, should be included Toilet papers put on the plastic bag, hand wipes, towel, and soap, etc.)

Extra things

  • Comfortable trekking poles
  • Best energy dry foods (up to you)
  • Power Bank and music players 
  • Camera (Memory card, chargers, and extra batteries)

GOOD TO KNOW

Hotel and Accommodation:

We offer you 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (3 nights) and Lodge/Teahouses during the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with blankets and a pillow. All accommodation is on twin sharing basis except in the higher elevation or after Kambachen, you have to adjust in a homestay. Kanchenjunga trek is located in the remote areas so you may not have good restroom facilities or have to use a shared restroom. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking team provide you down jackets, sleeping bags, and duffle bags (which need to be returned after the trek).

Meals and drink during the trek:

Breakfast will be served in Kathmandu whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. Food along the Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek is much like it is elsewhere in Nepal, with a heavy reliance on rice, lentils and vegetable curries. We suggest you bring a water purification pill as you get to have normal water, and can use pills to purify water. You also have the option to buy bottled water in case if you do not want to have normal water.

Transportation:

We provide your private car for the airport transfers and sightseeing tour to Kathmandu the very next day after your arrival. Flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur and back to Kathmandu is also included whereas you will be traveling by jeep from Bhadrapur-Suketaar.

Physical condition and past experience:

Kanchenjunga circuit trek is graded as highly challenging and a tough trek as we will be traveling at higher altitudes for a long duration. This trek will be conducted in an undeveloped area where fewer infrastructures are to be found, the route gets precarious as it passes over a rockfall and streams. This trek follows all the way to remote areas and roads are normally narrow and may suffer from landslides, being extra careful is the only remedy towards it. Trekkers who have done any kind of trekking activities before making them easier to cope with higher elevation treks.

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No. Of People Price Per Person
1 Pax USD 1,950
2 Pax USD 1,920
3 Pax USD 1,870
4 - 6 Pax USD 1,850
7 - 12 Pax USD 1,830
13 - 18 Pax USD 1,780
19 - 24 Pax USD 1,600
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